COVID-19 Survivors Are at Higher Risk of Death 12 Months after the Infection

A new study from the University of Florida found that people younger than 65 who were hospitalized with COVID-19, were at 233% higher risk of death during the next 12 months after the infection than people who did not have the disease.COVID-19 Survivors Are at Higher Risk of Death 12 Months after the Infection

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed electronic healthcare records from patients tested for COVID-19 in any setting in the University of Florida health system, both in Gainesville and Jacksonville.

Approximately 80% of all deaths of people in the study who had recovered from COVID-19 in the past 12 months were not due to cardiovascular or respiratory causes. This means that the impact of the virus is significant and wide-ranging, even after recovering from the initial infection.

Prof. Arch Mainous, the author of the study, says: “Treatment in the hospital is [fine for surviving] the initial episode, but our strategy should focus on keeping people out of the hospital in the first place. Taking your chances that you might get COVID-19 but that it will be mild, or that you will just rely on treatments to pull you through a severe episode, is a course of action with big risks.”

Conscientious People Have Lower Mortality Risk, Study Finds

In a new study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, researchers find that people with higher conscientiousness as a personality trait have a lower risk of death. Conscientiousness can be described as the tendency to be organized, control impulses, and delay gratification.Conscientious People Have Lower Mortality Risk, Study Finds

 For the study, a team of scientists assessed personality traits with the help of the Midlife Development Inventory (MIDI) Personality Scales in 957 participants from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study. The researchers also took blood samples from the participants and measured their levels of CRP and IL-6 inflammatory biomarkers (they are an integral part of the immune response, playing both pro- and anti-inflammatory roles).

Lead study author Dr. Páraic Ó Súilleabháin, of the Department of Psychology and the Health Research Institute at the University of Limerick, says: “We found that part of the reason why people who score higher on the personality trait of conscientiousness live longer is as a result of their immune system, specifically due to lower levels of a biological marker called interleukin-6. There are likely further biological mechanisms that are yet to be discovered, which will give a clearer picture of all the different ways that our personalities are so critical to our long-term health.”

Excessive Sleeping May Be a Deadly Warning Sign

A new research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that excessive sleeping could be connected to a higher risk of heart problems and higher mortality risk.excessive sleeping

For the study, a team of researchers has analyzed 74 previous studies that included self-reported sleep duration and its quality. They also examined the mortality and cardiovascular health. The studies comprised more than 3 million participants in total.

Chun Shing Kwok, one of the researchers of the study says: “Our findings have important implications as clinicians should have greater consideration for exploring sleep duration and quality during consultations.”

5 Risk Factors That Are Almost as Harmful as Cigarette Smoking

Cigarette smoking considered to be the largest risk factor for morbidity and mortality in developed countries. Nevertheless, according to the national studies, it tends to decrease in the recent decades.  But there are also other risk factors coming into a view. Here are 5 things in your everyday life you should pay attention to avoid health risks:5 risk factors as harmful as cigarette smoking

  1. Loneliness reduces lifespan by the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes daily, according to a research from Brigham Young University.
  2. Sitting increases people’s risks for colon, endometrial, and lung cancer.
  3. Poor sleep is considered as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  4. Indoor tanning increases the risk of skin cancer.
  5. A poor diet high in sugar, processed foods, and saturated fats expose people to potentially fatal diseases at similar rates as smoking.

Restless Legs Syndrome Increases Risk of Heart-Related Death

A new research, published in the journal Neurology, finds that the restless legs syndrome (RLS), the sleep and sensorimotor disorder, may increase the risk of heart-related death, especially in senior women.restless legs syndrome

For the study, a team of scientists examined data on 57,417 women from the Nurses’ Health Study. The women were clinically followed for a period of 10 years. Having analyzed the received data, the researchers concluded that over the 10-years period women with restless legs syndrome were 43% more likely to die from a heart disease.

The lead author of the research Xiang Gao, an associate professor of nutritional sciences at Pennsylvania State University in State College, says: “People with RLS are at elevated risk of CVD and other chronic conditions, but previous studies of all-cause mortality in people with RLS have reported inconsistent results. Our research clarifies how restless leg[s] syndrome affects cardiovascular disease-related mortality in older women, specifically. This study suggests that RLS could be a novel risk factor for CVD-related death.”

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